Natalie Portman refused to attend the ceremony in Israel in which she was to receive the prestigious Genesis Prize because “I did not want to appear as endorsing Prime Minister Netanyahu” who was to speak at the ceremony (“Natalie Portman Explains Why She Won’t Accept Genesis Prize In Israel,” online story).

But, “I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. She says that she “treasures” Israel.

David Grossman, a resident of Israel and a vocal critic of Netanyahu, shook the prime minister’s hand and sat onstage with him during the Israel Prize ceremony. He apparently does not share Portman’s concern.

Grossman lost a son in the Second Lebanon war. Yet he also supports Israel as a democracy unconditionally. So he sat on stage with the democratically elected prime minister of Israel.

Natalie Portman has sacrificed nothing for Israel. She was born there and has chosen not to return to live there and join the Jewish people during the good times and the bad times.

Yet, she refuses to participate in a ceremony in which the democratically elected prime minister will speak. She does not support a democratic Israel. She only supports herself. As a foreigner she feels that she has the right to create her own selfish Israel. But not Israel’s Israel.

Despite her protestations she is creating her own BDS and is unworthy of calling herself a friend of Israel.

Woodmere, L.I.